karen & phil’s village hall wedding in lochinver

2020 was a year best forgotten. Karen, my partner, and I had such plans – shows to attend, weekends away and a continental holiday to celebrate a special birthday. But, due to Covid-19, none of these happened. So, when the bells rang to herald the New Year and my unconventional marriage proposal (courtesy of a selection of Scrabble tiles) was met by a resounding ‘Yes’ we were determined to get married sooner rather than later and make 2021 a year remembered for happiness rather than despair.

Fast forward to June 2021 and fortuitous family circumstances meant we had eight weeks to plan our wedding day РSaturday 7th August. We were able to book our village hall for the ceremony itself and a local restaurant for the reception Рsomething that would have probably been impossible in a large city at such short notice. We were even luckier to discover Monika, who lives on our doorstep, was available on the big day to guide us from start to finish and make the entire process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Karen and I spent a sunny afternoon giving Monika a brief outline of our history as a couple. We outlined our hopes and wishes for the day itself and for our future as a married couple. It was heartening to realise Monika shared our convictions – that a marriage ceremony is a joyous celebration of love rather than a formal sealing of a contract. Monika gave us her full support and experience throughout the process – providing us with a step-by-step script of how the ceremony would unfold and what our respective roles would be. Right up to the day itself we were given the opportunity to amend as required. She also added that special personal touch – checking our vows did not duplicate each other’s and making sure her outfit would not clash with the bride’s!

Of course, even the best-planned wedding days needs an element of drama to keep everyone on their toes. Forty minutes before the ceremony was due to begin, a family crisis that meant a slight change to our plans. But Monika took it all in her stride and her calm professionalism settled everyone’s nerves. The ceremony that followed was warm and intimate, practised yet relaxed. Monika helped make our special day one to remember for all those present. Everyone commented on how much they loved the tone and nature of the service and how they couldn’t help but notice so many smiles hidden behind so many face masks.

karen & phil
karen & phil
Being a part of Karen & Phil's wedding day was a real honour for me and I loved creating & delivering their travel-themed ceremony. Inspired by the words of writer Vera Nazarian - Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours - I told the story of Karen & Phil's life journeys, their joint travels as a couple, and Phil's arrival in Karen's family. Touching vows written by the couple and read to each other and an exchange of rings concluded the poignant and heartfelt ceremony.
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